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Old 07-12-1999, 03:48 PM
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My 1987 300E has four small dents about the size of a quarter on the hood. The bodyshop suggests that the whole hood be repainted and blended to match. I have heard about paintless dent removal which is less expensive. Has anyone used such a process? What do you think about it? Any posts will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance

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Old 07-12-1999, 05:27 PM
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Dent Wizard can do a good job provided the paint is not damaged. Have seen excellent results. Have them look at the hood, they will be able to tell you if the dents are within their parameters. Much less expensive. Good luck.

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Old 07-12-1999, 05:31 PM
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Paintless dent removal works great if they can access the area behind the dent. This process is widely used by dealerships to correct dents from hail damage, etc. I would highly recommend that you try paintless dent removal prior to repainting. Anytime you repaint a panel on your car for any reason you are reducing it's resale value. Many dealers will not resell cars that have more than one panel that has been repainted. They will wholesale them.

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Bill hit the nail on the head with reduced value. Most insurance companies will not cover "reduced value" claims without much hassle (if at all) If you can prevent repainting or replacing any body panel the difference can be worth thousands. The savings vs bodyshop replace/repaint are just icing on the cake. If you try PDR and it does not work, you are still better off than replacing. It is only original once.

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Ever heard of dents re-appearing?

The dealer I bought my car from had a person do paintless dent removal on some door dings. The results were amazing. I couldn't even find where they had been. A few months later, though, they seemed to re-emerge. Am I imagining things?
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Old 07-12-1999, 09:28 PM
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Never heard of them reappearing although anything's possible. The way the process works is that the dent is first pushed out beyond flush, then pushed in a little too far then pushed out until it is flush. This iterative process is supposed to compensate for the stretching the metal experiences when dented.

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Old 07-12-1999, 11:24 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. The paint on my car is not damaged so I think PDR may work for me. I am going to get an estimate tomorrow. Thanks again to all.

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